Roughly 50% of people who foster quit within a year because they don't get the support they need.
empowering and equipping
in the BUSINESS, government, CREATIVE, NON PROFIT, AND
to end the crisis
for kids in foster care.
join fellow leaders in
being the solution.
- Entrepreneur -
"Business is not about making money... Business is about finding a need and filling it."
- CEO, Dominion Energy -
"...permanency puts an end to kids being forced to exit the system at 18 – now 21 – and reduces the risk of dropping out of school, homelessness, and many other very terrible things that come from that…"
Karen Booth Adams
- CEO, Hot Technology Holdings -
"One of the most powerful assets of our business leaders is their ability to find real solutions to real problems. This effort and this movement – it’s mainly about addressing a problem that is measurable, solvable, and very doable.”
- Founder, Johnson Inc -
“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you are, you can adopt. It doesn’t matter how much money you make, you you can be a foster parent.”
USE YOUR LEADERSHIP ROLE TO CHANGE LIVES
Governor Ralph Northam
"It takes all of us working together to help these children, to give them a chance – and I think you would agree with me that there’s power in every child, and we have to help our children reach their maximum potential.”
Delegate Emily Brewer
"This situation is an opportunity for the community to plug in, because it’s not just about legislation; it’s about nurturing the whole child."
Mayor Levar Stoney
"My grandmother poured her hopes, dreams, and desires into me and I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for her love and her belief that I can do anything I put my mind to. That is what each and every child needs."
Senator Jennifer McClellan
"I STILL need my parents and family. We need to make sure kids in care after 18 have the nurturing and support they need for as long as they need it."
- Director, VA Film Office -
“I call upon my friends in the film making community to help tell these stories. Filmmaking is about telling stories… so let’s tell these kids’ stories because that is what will make people motivated to reach out and help.”
- Videographer -
"I love being able to use my creative background to help VKB connect kids with safe and loving families.
These kids often feel invisible and my hope is that through our partnership we can shine a light on these children and show the world how much love they have to share."
Nigel "Legin" Anderson
- Musician -
"I come from a fatherless background, so I understand abandonment and rejection. That said, I still had a great home. So my heart goes out to children who struggle with feeling like they aren't important enough to belong...I make hip hop to offer hope to the hopeless, and I fully support VKB because they're giving all they can to do the same."
- Photographer -
"If by simply using your creative gifts, you could help a child find his forever family, why wouldn't you?"
Minister David Giles
"This issue transcends geography; it’s an opportunity for faith communities to work together. Tackling this issue impacts other issues too (human trafficking, homelessness, etc). Most encouraging, this issue really seems solvable."
Pastor David Platt
"I am convinced that God has designed the church uniquely to care for children in need. We cannot shirk the opportunity and responsibility we have to be a part of the solution for over 5,000 children right now in Virginia."
Pastor Kevin and Lauren Tremper
"We understand that not all people are called and equipped to adopt, but we are all called to engage with vulnerable children in one way or another."
Pastors Stan and
“There are many folks who are sitting in our congregations looking for what God has for them. This is a great way for people to get involved in His work.”
the need is real.
Thousands of children in Virginia are in foster care, and there aren't enough foster families to take them in.
Every year, hundreds of these children wait to be adopted, and many never are. Each child who ages out costs taxpayers $300,000 over their lifetimes in social welfare costs.
Roughly 50% of families who foster quit within a year because they don't get the support they need.
60% of social workers leave the foster care system within the first year due to burnout.